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2007: The Year in Evidence
Submitted by davidswanson on Sat, 2007-12-29 02:59. Evidence
By David Swanson

The past year has seen the public exposure of enough evidence of old, ongoing, and new crimes, abuses of power, and impeachable offenses by George Bush and Dick Cheney that in any remotely representative democracy, these two thugs would be out of office and behind bars. The chief reason this does not shock us is that the same could be said, and was said, of each of the previous six years. It's been quite a millennium so far for Washington, D.C.

Some of us began this year expecting something different. We had worked to elect Democratic majorities in Congress so that we might move in the direction of impeachment. If we didn't get to impeachment right away, we thought, at least real investigations with the power of subpoena would push a reluctant Congress in the right direction. With House committees having come within a vote of starting investigations, with the Democrats having shut down the Senate to try to force an investigation, with Chairman-to-be John Conyers having published a book on Bush and Cheney's crimes and held unofficial hearings in the basement, we had reason to be hopeful.

We are, alas, forced to place our hopes in 2008. Some of the 2007 evidence below was exposed by Congress, but most of it was unearthed by book authors, bloggers, independent reporters, federal prosecutors, and the corporate media. With the Democratic majorities came a complete ban on congressional investigations of war lies (not to mention an end to serious efforts to end the occupation of Iraq). Other investigations proceeded cautiously and at a glacial pace - and with no ultimate objective, Speaker Nancy Pelosi having declared impeachment "off the table." It took over 4 months for the opposition party to issue its first subpoena. In June there was a minor burst of subpoenas. But it was quickly established that Bush, Cheney, Condi, and their underlings, would never comply with subpoenas, and that Bush would even (feloniously) order former staffers not to comply. The Democrats let it go at that and largely stopped trying to compel incriminating testimony. That the House Judiciary Committee had, a single generation back, passed an article of impeachment against a president for refusing a subpoena was buried in our national amnesia.


The result in 2007 was a lot of smoke, but no fire. In fact, the new Congress passed new legislation further stripping us of our Constitutional rights, and every now and then let slip a hint at the depth of bipartisan complicity. The year began with Senator Dick Durbin explaining that he had known before the Iraq invasion that the White House was lying to the public, but that he had not dared to say so for fear of disclosing classified information. The year closed with the revelation that Nancy Pelosi was one of a group of leading Congress Members informed of U.S. torture policies five years ago. She, too, dared not say anything, and still has said nothing. Maybe 2008 will be the year in which she finds her voice.

As you read through the following evidence, please bear in mind a couple of key points.

1. We didn't need any of it, or any of the previous year's evidence. We've had enough solid evidence for a 5-minute slam-dunk (than you, George) impeachment for years now. Here are the highlights:

2. While none of this is about sex, and all good impeachments simply must be about sex, we have learned in recent years of CIA prostitute parties and Halliburton gang rapes. And if that's not enough to convince you that something is rotten in the state of the Homeland, we learned in 2007 that (quick, cover your children's eyes) . . . "Bush Promised to Kiss Blair's Ass."


Here is a collection of the outstanding subpoenas yet to be obeyed:

Here are a few choice related headlines with links to the articles you'll want to savor as you look back across the past year of not having a clue what your government was up to:

A National Archives official reveals what the veep wanted to keep classified--and how he tried to challenge the rules

Cheney Won't Even Say Who Works in His Office

Bush Won't Say Where His Prisons Are

Vice President Exempts His Office from the Requirements for Protecting Classified Information

Bush Claims Oversight Exemption Too

Bush Orders Miers Not to Testify

Justice Dept. to White House officials: Ignore Congress

Whistle-blowers Face Punishment in Iraq; Contractors Say U.S. Military Jailed, Tortured Them for Reporting Fraud


2007 was the year of the unitary executive, as Congress and the courts largely stepped out of the picture. And the unitary executive had a lot of executivizing to do:

New Report Shows Bush's Presidential Signing Statements Have Been Used to Nullify Laws

New Index of Presidential Signing Statements

Cheney Exempts His Office from Requirement to Protect Classified Information

Cheney Destroys Visitor Logs

A New Dick Cheney-Alberto Gonzales Mystery

Bush Anoints Himself as the Insurer of Constitutional Government in Emergency

Bush Uses Signing Statement to Announce Refusal to Obey New Military Appropriations Law


This was the big new story of 2007, and Congress does get some credit for stirring the dirt on this one. It turns out that most of the executive branch of the government now works for the Republican party. U.S. attorneys who had failed to grasp that fact were fired. Emails that exposed it were destroyed. State governors who got in the way became political prisoners. And an intellectually challenged Attorney General who could take orders but not remember what he'd had for breakfast was scared out of town after committing perjury on television. His bosses laughed and replaced him with a clone. Congress complied.

Not that Congress wasn't very, very concerned. In fact, Rep. Henry Waxman alone destroyed a forest writing letters to the White House and publishing reports like this one:

By the end of 2007 I saw an editorial cartoon in the paper with holiday lights on the White House spelling out: "No Comment: Ongoing Investigation." A man in the cartoon commented: "They just leave them up all year now." These were some of the choice headlines from 2007 on the your-tax-dollars-pay-for-the-Republican-Party theme:

Administration Withheld Emails About Rove

GSA Chief Is Accused of Playing Politics

DOJ Made Immigration Judgeships Political

New Justice Department documents show White House involvement in Attorneys firings

Legal Memo Confirms White House Led Effort To Target And Remove U.S. Attorneys

Politicization of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

Conyers' Staff Documents More Crimes and Abuses, But He Still Won't Impeach

Emails Detail RNC Voter Suppression in Five States

Commerce, Treasury Funds Helped Boost GOP Campaigns

State Department Agents Say Jobs Were Threatened

The United States Attorneys Scandal Comes to Mississippi

Daughter of jailed governor sees White House hand in her father's fall

Bush Tries to Seize Control of Military Lawyers

(Here's Why) Meet Tom Fiscus

White House Illegally Deleted Over TEN MILLION Emails


Of course, the point is to continue stealing elections. But some of the past crimes of that nature continued to bubble up unnoticed in 2007:

Former DoJ Attorneys Accuse Bush Admin of Restricting African American Vote

Ohio Secretary of State confirms 2004 election could have been stolen

NH Phone jamming scheme


What would a 21st century year be without further shredding of the Fourth Amendment? Bush opened it with a bang by seizing a power Hitler too had seized early on: the power to open your mail.

It was all downhill without resistance from there.

NY Times: "Dick Cheney sent Mr. Gonzales and another official to Mr. Ashcrofts hospital room to get him to approve the wiretapping."

Unimpeachably Impeachable

Cheney Urged Illegal Wiretaps

Ashcroft's ex-no. 2 says Gonzales, Cheney tried to take advantage of sick Attorney General.

Two FBI Whistleblowers Confirm Illegal Wiretapping of Government Officials and Misuse of FISA

Bush Decides to Continue FISA Violations After All

Bush Dodges Comeys Accusations That He Personally Arranged Ashcroft Hospital Visit

FBI Finds It Frequently Overstepped in Collecting Data

New NSA Whistleblower Speaks

IRS tracked taxpayers political affiliation

Cheney On Whether He Ordered Hospital Visit To Ashcroft: I Have No Recollection

Bush "Authorized" Illegal Spying Programs

Collecting of Details on Travelers Documented

White House Spy Docs Show Surveillance Was Illegal, Senator Feingold Charges


Now, admittedly there's no clause in the Constitution banning the warming of the planet, but 2007 was chock full of headlines like this one, that weren't really news, but were louder than they'd been before:

Over 4.5 Billion people could die from Global Warming-related causes by 2012

It's that sort of thing that makes these headlines fit into the crime section:

Cheney Bypassed Environmentally Clueless Bush To Craft Administrations Climate Change Agenda

Scientists 'pressured on climate findings'

Ex-Bush Official: I Fixed The (Climate) Facts Around The Policy

The Secret Campaign of President Bush's Administration to Deny Global Warming

Not an environment scare story


Here's an oldie but goodie that came back for a cameo:

Cheney Suppressed Evidence in California Energy Crisis


2007 closed out with the use of tazers and brutal crowd repression in New Orleans as people protested the ongoing intentional destruction of good housing. There was also this:

Two Years After Katrina, Billions in Relief Funds Are Missing


Bush began 2007 with a claim in a State of the Union Address that he had thwarted a number of terrorist plots. They all turned out to be fictional:

When no corporate media other than Keith Olbermann called Bush on his lies, he must have felt empowered to tell more:

Transcripts show evidence against Muslim charity fabricated

Bush-Cheney Blocked and Falsified Reports on Health and Medicine

Your Tax Dollars Are Used to Tell You Lies

Bush Used Bogus Terror Threat To Scare Votes For FISA Bill

Oh, and you know that one about "America does not torture"? It looks like Bush watched the missing torture tapes before saying that:

And this one just won't go away:

France (and CIA) knew in 2001 al-Qaida had a plot


This violation of the U.N. Charter and U.S. Constitution has been well documented by Congressman Dennis Kucinich:

We also learned in 2007 that Bush and Cheney were doing more in Iran than threatening it:

"Explosive" new Hersh scoop: Bush funneling money to Al Qaeda-related groups
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